The Cult of Statistical Significance
How the Standard Error Costs Us Jobs, Justice, and Lives
Ziliak, Stephen T.; McCloskey, Deirdre N.
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Date Written: 15/01/2008
Year Published: 2008
Pages: 384pp ISBN: 978-0472070077
An analysis of how modern testing has fixed on statistical significance as the benchmark of significance, often to the detriment of the relevant significance. Basically, statistical significance focuses on whether A has an effect on B, without considering how large the effect is, nor in relation to C or D that also have an effect on B.